Authors Jennifer Haupt and Liz Prato share the stage at Manzanita Writers’ Series for an Authors in Conversation event, at 7 p.m. at the Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita on Saturday, April 20.

Haupt and Prato kick off the new format for the Manzanita Writers’ Series for 2019, two authors in conversation sharing a similar theme. In this case, authors who help us look at places in a new way. Haupt, will read from and discuss her novel, “In the Shadow of 10,000 Hills,” recently selected as a finalist for the 2018 INDIES Book Awards.

Haupt has been a journalist for more than 25 years, writing primarily about women prompted by their own depression and grief to reach out and help others to heal. Her essays and articles have been published in O, The Oprah Magazine, The Rumpus, Psychology Today, Spirituality & Health, The Sun, and other publications. Her Psychology Today blog, “One True Thing,” is a collection of essays contributed by and interviews with bestselling and emerging authors.

Prato will read from her book of essays “Volcanoes, Palm Trees and Privilege,” which explores what it means to be a white tourist in a seemingly paradisiacal land that has been formed, and largely destroyed, by white outsiders.

Prato is the author of the short story collection, “Baby's on Fire” and editor of The Night, and the Rain, and the River: 22 Stories. Her stories and essays have appeared in dozens of literary journals and magazines, including Hayden's Ferry Review, Carolina Quarterly, Baltimore Review, The Rumpus, Salon, Hunger Mountain,

and ZYZZYVA. She is the Editor at Large for Forest Avenue Press.

Both authors will teach writing workshops during the day. Both workshops require a minimum of eight attendees, so register early at hoffmanarts.org.

Haupt will teach “Three Keys to Unlocking Your Story,” from 10 a.m. to noon, fee is $50. Whether you’re writing fiction or memoir, learn three elements of structure to unlock what your story is really about. We’ll look at examples and use writing prompts and exercises to create some basic tenets for your story-world.

Prato will teach “Submit to Literary Journals Like a Pro”, from 1 to 3 p.m., fee is $60. Learn to streamline and demystify the sometimes confusing submission process. We’ll cover researching and targeting markets, formatting work, how to interact with editors, whether to enter contests, decoding vague rejections, and what happens when you get accepted. There will be no Open Mic at the evening event to allow for the reading and Q&A with two authors.

Admission for the evening reading is $7. Doors open at 6:30.

The Manzanita Writers’ Series is a program of the Hoffman Center for the Arts and will be held at the Hoffman Center (across from Manzanita Library at 594 Laneda Ave.) Further information is available at hoffmanarts.org online.

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